ATTRIBUTED TO ANTOINE DE FAVRAY | Portrait of a lady in Turkish dress seated in an armchair
ATTRIBUTED TO ANTOINE DE FAVRAY
Bagnolet 1706 - 1798 Malta
PORTRAIT OF A LADY IN TURKISH DRESS SEATED IN AN ARMCHAIR
oil on canvas
unframed: 48.7 x 37.5 cm.; 19⅛ x 14¾ in.
framed: 56.9 x 46.2 cm.; 22⅜ x 18¼ in.
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The canvas is lined, the paint surface is clean, and the varnish is slightly discoloured and dull. A slight degree of wear is visible throughout the paint surface. The network of craquelure has become more pronounced in the foreground and is also visible in the background, particularly under raking light. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a slightly uneven and opaque varnish, and very few retouchings, the most notable of which consists of fine lines to disguise the appearance of craquelure in the sitter's face and hands. The painting is in overall fair condition.
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Jephson family, Mallow Castle, County Cork, Ireland, from circa 1830.
Originally from Paris, Antoine de Favray moved to Rome before 1738, were he studied at the prestigious Académie de France based in the Villa Medici under the director Jean François de Troy. He later moved to Malta in 1744, where he remained for the rest of his life, with the exception of a nine-year-long stay in Turkey. Favray and his contemporaries depicted Turkish subjects from a Western perspective, creating fascinating interpretations of what was at the time a very distant and exotic way of life.